17-year-old German skier dies after serious crash at Lake Louise

German skier succumbs to injuries sustained during NorAm Cup competition at Lake Louise

Max Burkhart dies following Lake Louise crash

According to the Calgary Herald, medics "worked for almost 30 minutes to stabilize the youth before he was airlifted to Foothills Hospital in Calgary in a serious, life-threatening condition".

17-year-old Max Burkhart passed away on Wednesday in hospital as a result of his injuries.

The 17-year-old skier seriously hurt during a training run in Lake Louise on Tuesday has died.

Burkhart was a member of Ski Club Garmisch based in the German Alps, about 75 km southwest of Munich.

A Lake Louise guest host directs skiers off the mountain after a power failure shut down all operations prior to the women's World Cup downhill race in Lake Louise, Alta., on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017.

French downhiller David Poisson was killed in a training run crash at nearby Nakiska on November 13 as he prepared for the first men's World Cup downhill of the season.

Former competitive skier and Ski Racing Media senior editor Sean Higgins tells Postmedia these sorts of tragedies weigh heavily on the close-knit competitive skiing community. "Alpine Canada and Alberta Alpine encourage the ski family around the world to support the athlete's family and teammates through this hard time", officials said in a statement to 660 NEWS.

"The tragic deaths of Max and David Poisson are sombre reminders of the risks these athletes take every day they are on the hill - the global skiing community is small and losses like these hit us hard".

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